Old Town

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The draw bridge
    Our last bus ride of the trip was an enjoyable 2 hour saunter to Colonia del Sacramento. We arrived before the expected time which was nice especially since Emily was about to pee her pants. We took care of that business, bought our boat ticket to Buenos Aires, and made our way to our hostel, which was the first time we made room reservations in the whole trip (hostels had been rather full lately). At the hostel we were greeted by two Fergie songs blasting at the same time, as two little girls were learning her dance moves. At one point they would whip out some meth, get high, and start saying how awesome they were. Damn good impression. Two thumbs way up. Afterwards we walked around the city, which once we crossed the old school draw - bridge and were on the other side of the old city walls, the historic part had really old and interesting architecture.
The cobble streets of Colonia

The bridge was raised by chains, which gives an idea of how old it was. Once you crossed the bridge there was a really nice big plaza, surrounded by cafes and restaurants. We took a look around, Em posed next to a canyon and we walked around the shore, enjoying the beautiful sun and sky, but the wind was piercingly cold and we soon took shelter at a restaurant where we had a Milanesa Napolitana (breaded veal cutlet with ham and cheese), hmmm! The rest of the day we walked around the city, weaving among the beautiful streets, and avoiding twisting an ankle in the incredibly uneven coobles. An interesting part of the city was a street called the "Streets of Sighs" named during the time that Colonia was a military city. Anyway, this street was where prostitutes worked, who (as all women do) would make the men sigh, hence the name.
Lighthouse

We had dinner at a really nice place called Barrio Viejo, hoping to blow our last hundreds of Uruguayn Pesos, and it pretty easy to do it by eating some delicious pasta and some wine. We did some more walking of the city, which looked beautiful at the nighttime.
Sleep was hard to come by because our bed was shaped like the letter U, so we would both converge at the same place, leading to a lack of sleep. A little cranky, especially because of a not so great breakfast, we headed over to port, where the tough morning continued. The line to at immigration was long, in a cramped space, and the customs form was incredibly confusing. Eventually, we got past all the hurdles and got onto the boat, which actually looked and felt more like an airplane. We bought a Twix at the duty free area to cheer us up, and we were off to Buenos Aires.
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The draw bridge
The draw bridge
The cobble streets of Colonia
The cobble streets of Colonia
Lighthouse
Lighthouse
The street of sighs
The street of sighs
...Very mature
...Very mature